The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 15, 2008

2 Arrested in Domestic Attack; AWOL Airman, Another Man Are Suspected in Assault on Wife, Infant
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A fugitive airman sought by Glynn County police investigating an attack on his wife and their 5-month-old daughter was captured in Atlanta on Wednesday with a suspected accomplice. Dekalb County sheriff's...
3 Found Guilty in Insurance Scheme; Thousands Were Cheated out of Their Workers Compensation Benefits
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A Jacksonville jury convicted three business owners Wednesday in a nationwide workers compensation conspiracy that cheated hundreds of thousands of employees out of insurance benefits. The men face life prison sentences and...
A Simple Lesson, Yet We Forget
Byline: Mark Woods The other day, while talking to Clarence and Nelle Hull about their 75 years of marriage, the conversation went off on an interesting tangent. Well, several interesting tangents. But one in particular came to mind days later...
Axis Dance Company Helps Redefine an Art
Byline: CHANEL MARTIN Most people would think having to use a wheelchair might end a dancer's career. For this group, it's just the beginning. California-based Axis Dance Company's physically integrated dance - choreographed performances using...
B-52s Bring 'Day-Glo Beach Party' to Florida Theatre Benefit Show
Byline: ROGER BULL You can call them quirky, you can call them camp. But there are the bands that, well, you're not quite sure if you're supposed to take them seriously or not. Maybe you just sit back and enjoy them, as long as they didn't take...
Best Bets; Your Guide to What's Going on in the Area
TODAY A CHANCE TO JOIN THE COL. HAMPTON 'CULT' Cult-figure Col. Bruce Hampton's musical career has lasted more than 45 years and has included an appearance (in the role of a character based on himself) in the movie Sling Blade. He performs his...
BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP; Wolfson Holds off Columbia, Advances
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Wolfson survived a flurry of 3-point baskets by Columbia in the final quarter for a 65-54 victory over the visiting Tigers Thursday night in a Region 1-5A quarterfinal. Wolfson (23-5) moves on to Tuesday's semifinal round...
Brantley Gets Bargain in New County Leader; Top Executive to Be Paid the Same as in Previous Role, Which Is Eliminated
Byline: MIKE MORRISON The Brantley County Commission has selected Charles W. "Chuck" Madray as its first county manager. In a 3-1 vote, county commissioners chose Madray from three finalists during their Tuesday night meeting. Commissioners...
Brantley to Use Ousted Fire Unit; County Contracts with Volunteer Team after Nahunta Dumped It
Byline: MIKE MORRISON Brantley County has contracted with a volunteer fire department recently booted out of Nahunta for fire protection in areas outside the city of 930. While the city has started its own department, the Nahunta Volunteer Fire...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP; LSU Topples Top-Ranked Lady Vols
Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and 14 rebounds and No. 7 LSU grabbed the Southeastern Conference lead with a 78-62 win over top-ranked Tennessee on Thursday night in Knoxville, Tenn. The Tigers (21-3, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) remain the only SEC...
Comedians Headline Entertainment at UNF's Nest Fest; School Celebrating Homecoming
Comedians Demetri Martin and Kyle Cease highlight Nest Fest 2008 Homecoming events this weekend at the University of North Florida. Martin is the official "trendspotter" on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (see related story). Cease was Bogey Lowenstein...
Costly Courthouse Deserves Special Vote in Referendum
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Mayor John Peyton's proposed $400 million courthouse gets smellier by the day. Peyton has been trying for five years without success to get the courthouse built, hemorrhaging taxpayer money along the way. In what...
County Adopts New Policies, Fees for Animal Control; CCAC Reform a Result of Claims of Mishandling
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Clay County's animal control division has new policies for handling animals after complaints of mishandling. "It's codifying, in writing, what has always been done out there. Having it in writing is good to have, for everyone's...
Domestic Slaying: 'It Was Coming'; Police Were Called to House 14 Times in the Past Year over Couple's Quarreling
Byline: ADAM AASEN The man stood over his wife, blood over both of them in front of their Jacksonville home. He looked crazed, said a 22-year-old who was staying next door and quickly called police early Wednesday evening. Police charged 60-year-old...
Don't Be in a Rush to Prune before Frost Threat Is Over
Byline: Raymond Zerba By mid-February, Northeast Florida homeowners are ready for winter to be over, but when they look at their landscapes and decide "it's time to make things green again," the University of Florida advises the cautious approach....
Educating Public about Wildlife Is Bird Festival's Aim
Byline: LAUREN DARM Wings Over Clay County is an organization full of people who love wildlife. On Saturday they brought that love to the people of Clay County through their Winters' Nature and Bird Festival. "This is a great opportunity for...
Elections Panel Fines Nursing Home Worker; an Activity Director Who Said She Tried to Help Residents Cast Ballots Is Fined $1,000
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The State Election Board fined a Valdosta nursing home activity director Thursday for improperly assisting residents in registering and voting. The board also learned that 71 percent of people casting a provisional...
Enjoy Mexican Fare at Cantina Laredo; Hits Outweigh Misses at Eatery at Town Center
Byline: ERICA BURKS If you are expecting real gut-busting, jalapeno-laden Mexican food at Cantina Laredo, you are in the wrong place. Even the name should clue you in: Cantina Laredo. Can it get any more corporate than that? But if you are in...
Final Four Door Open for Golden Eagles; after Five Years of "Knocking at the Door," Fleming Island Soccer Team Has a Chance to Show off in the State Championship Today
Byline: BILL JOHNSON "We've been knockin' at the door every year," coach Frank Pontore said of his Fleming Island High School boys soccer team. Today, at 2 p.m., the door finally opens, and the Golden Eagles enter the 5A final four state championship...
FIS' Fourth Quarter Is Positive; the Company Also Said Plans to Split into Two Companies Are on Track
Byline: MARK BASCH Fidelity National Information Services Inc. Thursday reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and said its plan to split into two publicly traded companies is on track to be completed in June. Fidelity National Information,...
FSU Imposes 2-Year Penalty; the School Anticipates a Thorough Review of the Case by the NCAA
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - Florida State recommended to the NCAA that it be placed on two years' probation and accept an unspecified number of scholarship reductions in multiple sports in a "self-report" of rules violations. The report,...
IDs Were Fakes; Arrest Was Real; UGa Student Is the Third Arrest in Less Than a Year for Making Bogus IDs
Byline: JOE JOHNSON ATHENS, Ga. - Police have arrested a University of Georgia student in the third fake ID manufacturing operation authorities busted in less than a year. Undercover officers arrested 21-year-old Corey Clifton Tabor on Saturday...
In the News
LET'S GO TO THE VIDEO Well, you had to know this was coming, just in time to start the Christmas hype early: He sings, he dances, he even tells jokes! The newest Elmo doll -- Elmo Live -- is unveiled at the New York Toy Fair 2008.. To watch a...
Investors Slam CSX Changes to Bylaws; Shareholders Also Criticize Directors' Management of Workers and Revenue
Byline: DAVID HUNT CSX Transportation and The Children's Investment Fund are trading barbs again, the latest flareup sparking over a recent change in the Jacksonville company's bylaws. The two have been at odds over the way CSX is run and the...
It's a Finale for Jacksonville Symphony Exec; the Long Contentious Lockout Led to a Mutual Decision for Change
Byline: ROGER BULL Less than a month after the end of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's labor lockout, its executive director is leaving. Alan Hopper said he and the executive board made the decision this week, but that it could be a couple...
Junior Already 2 for 2; Earnhardt Wins First Duel; Toyota Finishes 1-2 in Second Qualifier
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - Another victory Thursday at the Daytona International Speedway did little to convince Dale Earnhardt Jr. that he should be considered the favorite for the Daytona 500. Earnhardt, who also won last Saturday's...
JU, UNF Concentrate on Making Progress; A Win in the "Rumble" Tonight Is Crucial to the Dolphins and Ospreys
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT What a difference a win and a loss can mean for the North Florida and Jacksonville University basketball teams. One week ago, JU was sitting atop the Atlantic Sun Conference, enjoying a one-game edge over Belmont and East...
Lucas Playing beyond His Years; the Freshman Is Calm and Shows Consistency as Florida's Point Guard
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Billy Donovan likes chaos on the court. Players running up and down, the game moving at a frenetic pace, a constant rush of bodies heading toward the basket. That's when he believes this season's...
MEDICAL CARE; Problems to Solve
The practice of medicine, as the Duval County Medical Association's president insists, is facing "new challenges" in the year ahead. No surprise there. This is a rapidly changing world. And, as expected, physician Glenn W. Knox promised to confront...
NASCAR NOTEBOOK; Wallace, Vickers Thrilled to Qualify
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - As a former Busch Series champion, Kenny Wallace has enjoyed many special racing moments in his life, but nothing compared to Thursday's eighth-place finish in one of the Gatorade Duels qualifying races. At times...
Nease Goes for Title Today; No Shirt Is No Problem for McKinley in the Panthers' 4-1 Victory
Byline: GARY CURRERI FORT LAUDERDALE - Joe McKinley left his No. 6 game jersey in his hotel room before the FHSAA Class 4A boys state semifinal at Lockhart Stadium on Thursday afternoon. It was the only thing the Nease senior midfielder did wrong...
Plaza III, the Steakhouse Is Still in Mood for Valentine's Day Love
Byline: David C.L. Bauer Plaza III, The Steakhouse at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is showing a little love to Valentine's Day couples who preferred to avoid the crowds and wait until this weekend to celebrate. Tonight and Saturday,...
Police Make Arrests in 2 Unrelated Duval Killings; One Was for October Robbery, the Other for a Domestic Dispute
Slayings in an October robbery and a domestic dispute Monday have ended with two arrests this week, Jacksonville police said Thursday. Erica Nicole Thomas, 19, of the 9000 block of Seventh Avenue is charged in the Oct. 2 slaying of Jimmy Ray Daughtery....
Poll: Dooley Statue Not Very Popular; Survey Shows Fans Want the Former Coach's Name Attached to the Stadium
ATLANTA - University of Georgia football fans overwhelmingly want Vince Dooley's name attached to Sanford Stadium or the field where the Bulldogs play, a poll shows. An old-fashioned political battle between supporters of coaching legend Dooley...
Port Reopens after Ship's Grounding; Two Car Transport Ships Are Held Up for about 22 Hours at Brunswick
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - After being closed to deep draft vessels for nearly 22 hours, the Port of Brunswick reopened Thursday after officials inspected the channel for safety. The grounding of an automobile transport vessel, the...
Power Poll
Byline: Michael DiRocco The Times-Union's Michael DiRocco ranks the SEC men's basketball teams, including their momentum. 1. TENNESSEE Wonder if people hold Bruce Pearl in a new light after he stood up for LSU coach John Brady? 2. VANDERBILT...
Property Tax Cuts Will Be Spread among Departments
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The Clay County Commission intends to spread the pain of upcoming property tax revenue cuts. The projected $8.4 million reduction for fiscal 2008-09 will be divvied up not only among departments under commission authority,...
Rock and Roll Back the Clock to 1984
Byline: Laura Capitano The Stones do it. So do the Eagles and Aerosmith. And now with Van Halen touring way past their prime (Eddie's hip replacement is almost 10 years old), it really goes to show there's no retirement age in rock 'n' roll. Play...
School Briefs
ORANGE PARK HIGH Parents of incoming ninth-graders and students interested in taking advanced placement courses at Orange Park High are invited to Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Among other things, parents may ask questions about spring registration...
Senior Was Exploring the City When Struck by Car; "Powerhouse" Dora Krone, 91, Was Known for Her Eclectic Wardrobe and Kind Heart
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR The 91-year-old pedestrian struck and killed on her walker Wednesday afternoon in Jacksonville was known at Cathedral Townhouse where she lived as "quite the individual," a woman up at 6 a.m. each day to go out and about...
Services for the Disabled Sought; Advocates Want More Funding to Help Social and Health Programs
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - Heather Murray has been in state institutions for mentally disabled Georgians before. It's why she wants to make sure her 6-year-old son, Timothy, doesn't end up in one. "When you're there, you get the feeling...
SILLINESS AS ART; the Outrageous Cast Gets to Ham a Lot in 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Byline: ROGER BULL Patrick Heusinger gets to stand at the top of the castle wall and, in an outrageous French accent, recite some of the deepest and most profound lines ever written: I blow my nose at you, so-called Arthur King, you and all your...
Take It from an Expert . . . Check out These Must-See Gems!
Byline: DAN SCANLAN So, what's gonna be hot at the 2008 Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show this weekend at the Prime Osborn Convention Center? Two of them already have my fingerprints on them, and I've driven many of the others,...
'The Grapes of Wrath' at JU
Jacksonville University theater students will present John Steinbeck's classic story of a family's search for hope during times of economic adversity with performances of The Grapes of Wrath at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. The Grapes of Wrath tells...
Thomas Hager Gets 'Closer' to Painting
Byline: Judy Wells Thomas Hager's photographs have been bought by museums, designers of five-star hotels, collectors in France and Italy and Ivanka Trump in Manhattan. You would expect him to continue doing more of the same, but Hager has traded...
Tough Night for 'Noles; FSU's Postseason Hopes Dwindle as the Team Falls to 3-7 in the ACC
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - There was plenty of offensive firepower in the house at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Thursday night as former Florida State stars and current L.A. Clippers Sam Cassell and Al Thornton stopped by during the NBA...
T-U 2
PLAYER'S LIE MAY COST COACH HIS JOB Last week we heard about the sad story of Kevin Hart, a football player at Fernley High School in Reno, Nev., who lied about being recruited by California and other schools. Now it appears Hart's coach, Mark...
T-YOU; Everyone's a Critic
Everyone's a Critic lets you play movie reviewer. Send your reviews of 75 words or less to everyonesacritic@jacksonville.com. Please include your name, age, part of town in which you live and phone number. Man from Plains - This is an eye-opening...
Unbeaten Ridgeview Heavyweight Keeps His Streak Alive
Byline: EDDIE DANIELS LAKELAND - Being on top of the mountain means there's only one way to go - down. As far as Ridgeview heavyweight John Dixon is concerned, he's happy with the view. The sophomore brought his 38-0 record to the state wrestling...
UNITED NATIONS; Reforms Needed
It was a dark and stormy night on Tuesday. If you were driving during rush hour, you heard some depressing economic news on National Public Radio: tales of turmoil in financial markets, investments under pressure with no end in sight. At the...
Volunteers Needed for Quality Council Subcommittees
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The Clay Quality Council, the citizens panel evaluating the results of a recent quality of life survey, is seeking volunteers to help transform the outcome into a community vision for the future. The council, a countywide,...
Winning Feeling for Providence; the Stallions Rise Up in Penalty Kicks to Defeat American Heritage
Byline: GARY CURRERI FORT LAUDERDALE - Providence prevailed 3-2 (3-1 in penalty kicks) over American Heritage-Delray in the Class 2A state semifinal, sending the Stallions (19-6-2) to Saturday's noon final against the winner of the Orangewood/Tampa...
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